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2009-07-16 14:45:15

U.S. scientists say they have conducted the first remote detection below the ocean's surface of a harmful algal species and its toxin. Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute said their achievement represents a significant milestone in the effort to monitor the type and toxicity of harmful algal blooms. A robotic instrument owned by the aquarium -- a fully-functional...

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2007-01-11 13:15:00

WASHINGTON (AP) - After more than seven years of study scientists have isolated a toxin that they say may have killed millions of fish along the East Coast in the 1990s. The fish kills were associated with a parasitic algae called Pfiesteria, but until now researchers have been unable to determine how the organism killed the fish. Peter Moeller, a chemist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Thursday that he was able to isolate a toxin from Pfiesteria, but that the...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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